By Oded Paz
A pillar of the elongated coins community, Angelo Anthony Rosato, died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the age of 91. He was Charter Life Member number 23-LM of The Elongated Collectors.
Mr. Rosato was born April 9, 1921, in Waterville, Conn. In 1953 he opened A.A. Rosato Jeweler’s, in New Milford, and was in business for 32 years before retiring in 1985.
Mr. Rosato was an artist and enjoyed coin collecting as a hobby, where he became interested in collecting elongated coins. With this passion for elongated coins and using his professional talent, he started to design, hand engrave and roll his own elongated coins.
He wrote and published the most comprehensive reference guide and catalog of elongated coins produced from 1960-1978 called the Encyclopedia of the Modern Elongated.
The Encyclopedia of the Modern Elongated is the outgrowth of an intensive 22 year evaluation & a unique reference comprised in the process of “elongation” using United States and foreign coinage as souvenirs, keepsakes, & collector's items.
There are 17 chapters which overview innumerable categories with valuable data and information, including several new discoveries, never revealed before in the 100-year history of elongated coins. And as the only reference of its kind, there are 614 entries in the table of contents. Encompassing 1,760 pages, it includes 4,005 illustrations of modern elongated coins.
Written in informal style, its historical aspect, and a reference covering every facet concerning the elongated coin, the book offers immeasurable and specific information not available elsewhere.